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Miha Razinger wins paraglider in 2017 Subscriber Draw

Miha Razinger wins paraglider in 2017 Subscriber Draw

And the winner is…. Miha Razinger! Miha Razinger from the UK won the Cross Country Prize Draw 2017, which was made at 12 noon GMT on Friday 13 January. He wins a new paraglider or paramotor wing of his choice from Aircross, Apco, Icaro Paragliders, GIN Gliders, Little Cloud, Mac Para, Nova, Ozone, Sky, Skywalk, or Sup’Air. Congratulations Miha! Jesse Shimrock from the USA was second out […]

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Apco release Lift EU II paratrike wing

Apco release Lift EU II paratrike wing

Apco have released a new version of their Lift EU paratrike wing. It’s a full-reflex wing designed for European trikes with narrow hook-in points of 50-65 cm. It can take loads of up to 400kg. The Lift EU II is available in 400 and 450 versions (the number is the size in square-feet, which equates to […]

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UP’s 2017 X-Alps wing: Trango X-Race

UP’s 2017 X-Alps wing: Trango X-Race

UP have announced announced their Red Bull X-Alps wing for 2017. The Trango X-Race was born from the Trango XC3, and will be certified EN C (EN D in the S size). UP say it’s not only for the X-Alps – the X-Race is aimed at all sports class pilots looking for a light and performant wing for competition, […]

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Nova Team colours 2017/18

Nova Team colours 2017/18

This red, white and lime colour scheme is what all Nova Team Pilots’ wings will look like in 2017/18. Team captain Till Gottbrath explains that Nova consider their team pilots as brand ambassadors, so they have unique wing colours, so that they can be easily recognised. Every second year, the colour scheme is changed. The new scheme has […]

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UP Summit XC4: high-end EN B

UP Summit XC4: high-end EN B

UP Paragliders have announced their latest high-end EN B wing, the Summit XC4, will be shipping from early 2017, starting with the M size. It’s already flown some big distances in Brazil this season, the biggets we know about being German pilot Peter Hilger’s 338.6km, back in November 2016. UP say about the Summit XC4: UP test […]

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Garmin inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer

Garmin inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer

Garmin bought DeLorme in 2016, and have just released Garmin branded inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer handheld devices with inReach satellite communication. Featuring 100% global Iridium satellite coverage for two-way messaging anywhere in the world, the devices are equipped with an interactive SOS. This triggers an emergency response from GEOS, the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring centre, so users can […]

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Polini Thor 190 Evo: powerful two-stroke engine

Polini Thor 190 Evo: powerful two-stroke engine

The Thor 190 Evo from Polini is a powerful two-stroke engine with “an excellent power-to-weight ratio”. The 193cc two-stroke engine weighs just 13.6kg. There are lots of design improvements, listed below, and it’s available in different versions with centrifugal clutch and electric start options. Piston with new profile, that improves the performance and reduce the wear of […]

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: wildcard athletes announced

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: wildcard athletes announced

Two wildcard athletes have been announced for the 2017 Red Bull X-Alps: Mitch Riley (US) and Jose Ignacio Arévalo Guede (ES) will take their places on the start line, along with the other 30 athletes, on 2 July 2017. Mitch Riley from the USA is a 32-year-old paragliding instructor with a passion for the outdoors. He was US national champion in 2015, […]

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Stolen paramotor gear UK: serial numbers and photos

Stolen paramotor gear UK: serial numbers and photos

UK paramotor pilot Paul Haxby had tens of thousands of euros worth of equipment stolen from his garage in England on 26 November 2016. He suspects the equipment, which includes paragliders, paramotors and harnesses, is currently being hidden in the UK, and will be sold off piece by piece. If any pilot sees or is […]

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Win a paraglider in the Cross Country Prize Draw 2017

Win a paraglider in the Cross Country Prize Draw 2017

Fancy a brand new paraglider for 2017? Then you are in luck – it’s time for the annual Cross Country Magazine Prize Draw. Your chance to win a paraglider, simply by being a subscriber to Cross Country. What do I have to do? All you have to do is hold a valid subscription for the […]

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Sacha Dench: Profile of ‘The Human Swan’

Sacha Dench: Profile of ‘The Human Swan’

Sacha Dench has successfully completed her epic 7,000km adventure Flight of the Swans. She arrived in the UK on 5 December 2016, after flying through northwestern Europe from northern Siberia. Her flight was made to raise awareness about the plight of the Bewick’s Swan, which is under threat. Before she set off we spoke to […]

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Apco’s EN-A Karisma now ready

Apco’s EN-A Karisma now ready

Apco’s new EN-A school wing, the Karisma, is now certified in three sizes. Apco say the Karisma is a simple and straightforward wing, designed to make life easy for beginners and their instructors, but with the personality and performance characteristics to keep intermediate pilots happy too. The wing is built with Apco’s sharknose APP (Automatic Pressuring Profile) to retain internal […]

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Roq’Acro: Tim Alongi is France’s new acro champion

Roq’Acro: Tim Alongi is France’s new acro champion

Tim Alongi became France’s new paragliding acro champion, winning the French Championships during Roq’Acro at Roquebrune which took place from 29 October – 1 November 2016. The end-of-season bash, organised by Roquebrun’Ailes, took place on Cabbe beach under Mediterranean blue skies and sunshine. There was a friendly comp as well as the French championships, and fifty competitors, of which six were women, took part. […]

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Niviuk release Klimber P – lightweight EN D

Niviuk release Klimber P – lightweight EN D

Niviuk have officially released the Klimber P, the wing Gavin McClurg used for the Alaska traverse in May 2016.  It’s the company’s first lightweight, high-performance EN-D wing, and they say it’s aimed at expert pilots wanting top performance in a lightweight package for hike-and-fly and vol-bivouac adventures. The Klimber P has an aspect ratio of 7 and a top speed […]

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Video: Twins paramotor to Australia’s Red Pole

Video: Twins paramotor to Australia’s Red Pole

British twins Hugo and Ross Turner, along with photographer and guide Kestor Haynes, flew by paramotor to the centre of Australia in August 2016. They confirmed the exact location of the centre of Australia with he Australian government before setting off. It is northwest of Alice Springs in a remote part of the country known […]

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U-Turn Blackout+ acro wing

U-Turn Blackout+ acro wing

“Dynamic with easy handling” and their “most balanced acro wing yet”, is how U-Turn describe the Blackout+. Prototypes were tested by U-Turn’s Acro Team pilots during the competition season, and tweaked so that the final version delivers dynamic and precise handling in a wing that is forgiving of errors. U-Turn say the Blackout+ is suitable for a wide range of pilots from […]

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Top 10 Christmas gifts for the pilot in your life

Top 10 Christmas gifts for the pilot in your life

Looking for a present for a pilot? Here’s our top ten gift ideas list for paraglider, hang glider and paramotor pilots this Christmas 2016… Mastering Paragliding, £24.95 This top instructional book by paragliding guide Kelly Farina was published in 2016 and is receiving praise by pilots worldwide. In our opinion, it fills a big gap […]

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Icaro Gravis: heart of the B-class

Icaro Gravis: heart of the B-class

Icaro’s Gravis is a cross-country paraglider that they say fits right in the middle of the EN-B category. Icaro say it combines efficiency, performance and precision with excellent safety characteristics, and is suitable for pilots just entering the B category, as well as seasoned cross-country pilots. The Gravis will be available in five sizes from 2017. icaro-paragliders.com • Got […]

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Hang Glider 2017 calendar now on sale!

Hang Glider 2017 calendar now on sale!

SVS Designs’s 2017 Hangglider calendar went on sale on 25 November 2016. The A3 calendar contains photos from 48 pilots from all over the world, and can be bought online for €20, with discounts available for multiple purchases. www.hanggliderproducts.com • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com. Subscribe to the world’s favourite hang gliding and paragliding […]

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Flying Underground: PPG in a Romanian Salt mine

Flying Underground: PPG in a Romanian Salt mine

Romanian pilots Ionuț Riteș and Adrian Buzan flew their paramotors underground in a disused salt mine in Romania, earning them a ‘unique world record‘ for the ‘deepest paramotoring flight’. The flight, which took place on 22 March 2016, was at at 208m below sea level in the Prahova salt mine, 100km north of Bucharest. Salt has not been mined […]

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